Building Plan Continues

While some of the plans to initiate a building project and capital campaign were temporarily set aside at the end of last year, our Long Range Planning Committee has continued to discuss them and hopes to have the project back on track by September. The images below are those that were revealed at last fall’s anniversary celebration, and are the most current proposal. Notable features include:

  • a fellowship hall (smaller than originally planned)

  • a new main entrance on the east side of the church that is handicap accessible

  • an elevator to the basement

  • a new steeple designed to look more like the 19th century original.

  • Thoughts? Aaron Lambrecht, or any member of our Long Range Planning Committee would be happy to hear them.

What’s Happening in 2019

Dates have been set for our 2019 events. See what has been planned below:

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Construction Begins on Oakwood Road

According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the area of Oakwood Road that runs under the freeway will be closed as part of the I-94 reconstruction project, beginning on Monday, October 29 until late 2019. Travelers will have to use Howell Ave, Ryan Rd, and 27th St to get around the construction. You can get current traffic updates at

175th Anniversary Service Celebrated

St. John’s rejoiced in celebration of its 175th anniversary on September 30. Pr. Mark Schroeder, president of the Wisconsin Synod, offered a resounding message as guest preacher: what we strive to build will ultimately fail, but the Lord blesses his church with his Word, saving countless souls through the pulpit, baptismal font, and communion rail - and his work always endures. (You can hear it again at our Sermon page) Pr. Reckzin served as liturgist, while multiple musicians, the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary chorus, and our Sunday School children all beautified the service.

Afterwards, members and guests enjoyed a banquet, complete with a chicken dinner and a full roasted pig. There were also numerous photos, books, and other historical artifacts set out for viewing, some of them well over a century old. Speakers for the banquet included Erika Bahr, who is a lifelong member of St. John’s and a direct descendent of Daniel Goelzer, a German immigrant who left his home country and arrived in the Oakwood area; his cabin served as the first worship space in the 1830s.